20 November 2012

Talofofo Falls

Warning: Some pictures are rated R. If you know what I mean.

Guam is a very small island, with an area of 541.3  km2, and a length of 30 miles. Then, for regular people such as myself (and by regular I mean not a member of the US military), a third of the land of Guam is not freely accessible. Hence, I can only freely roam around the remaining 20 miles of the island. Now you probably understand why I always, always, itch to go off island!

My point is you can go around the island of Guam in less than a day. Without stops, that is. And yes, that is how small Guam is.

Drive route from my village to Talofofo
Anyway, three weeks ago, my family and I drove to the south of the island to look for beaches and go fishing. While we were not able to catch even a single fish, we were able to take pictures on some of the nicest spots on the island such as the Talofofo Bay, Talofofo Falls / Yokoi Cave, Inarajan Pool, and Fort Soledad. Oh, and we were also able to eat some very healthy (emphasize on very and healthy) German sausages from McKraut's.

For this blog post, I will only be talking about Talofofo Falls.

The name Talofofo falls is misleading. Most falls in the world do not require people to pay for an admission fee. However, to be able to visit Guam's Talofofo falls, tourists and residents alike must pay an admission fee. Adult rate for tourists is twenty bucks, while residents pay thirteen bucks per individual. For a falls that you could not even swim in, I think Talofofo falls is pretty expensive. And that is my opinion, of course.

The first attraction inside the Talofofo falls compound is the Love Land. This is where the pictures become rated R. So kids, please cover your eyes.

Love Land Entrance
Wow. What a fancy entrance. Quite like Disney Land's entrances where you are greeted with smiling people in colorful costumes, eh? Haha. Forgive the sarcasm.

Think you need to go to Paris' Louvre to see Venus de Milo? Ha! While the real Venus de Milo is enjoying her stay at the Louvre being heavily guarded, under a nice rain-proof building, Guam's Venus de Milo is getting a tan under the sun while standing in the middle of the boonies.

Venus de Milo replica
And yes, I took more photographs inside the Love Land... Much to my parents' dismay.

Sculpture coitus

This one, I think is the funniest of all the pictures I have taken in the Love Land. Seriously, what could be better than a giant penis in the middle of this forest-like place? Hmm.. By the way, I am assuming this penis stands about five feet and seven inches. That's just a guestimate, people.

Giant Penis
There are more pictures from the Love Land, but I am not willing to share most of them. Sorry.

So you think we don't have cable cars on Guam? Ha! We do! It's just too bad it isn't as great as the cable cars in Hong Kong or Singapore.

Cable Car Station
I apologize for not taking a picture of the cable car. It would have been a very nice thing to see! Again, forgive the sarcasm.

And some photos I took of the falls itself:

Talofofo Falls
Talofofo Falls
Boring, I know. I know.

It was tempting to go on the falls and take a shower since I was sweating like crazy during the entirety of our visit in Talofofo falls. Sadly, Talofofo falls is one of those bodies of water that people are not allowed to touch or bathe in. 

I'm cutting it short right here. Will continue on the next blog post. This is kinda long already anyway. Plus it's already late and I have to wake up early tomorrow for my Psych Clinical. 

10 November 2012

Dear Santa 2012

Just a few minutes ago, I have been doing my online window shopping to see what I could possibly give as presents for Christmas. Then I suddenly thought, maybe I should be thinking of what I should give to myself.

Every Christmas, I barely get any gifts. Although I do give a lot of them. Not that I'm complaining.

So this time, just so I can really save up and purchase the things I want, I made my 2012 wish list!

Here it is:

So to anyone out there who's planning to get me something, here's my list. LOL.

Although... I know I'd probably end up buying them for myself.

By the way, this photo was taken at Ypao Beach during a high tide. And it was edited through Instagram's trusty filters. ;)

07 November 2012

To: Self After Graduation

Dear Self After Graduation,

How are you now?

Today is November 7, 2012 on Guam - a day after we first voted; hours after Obama won the presidential election. I am typing this on the study table mom got us.

As of now, I have survived two rotations this semester - Community and School. Community Rotation was a lot of fun, if only I did not have to do a forty-five paged paper. School Rotation was also fun, if only I did not procrastinate and did my paperwork on time. Anyway, right now, I am in my second week of Psychiatry Rotation in the Adult Inpatient Unit (AIU). I guess I wrote this letter to tell you about what I have experienced in AIU so far.

Before I took Psych, I was scared of "crazy people." I am one of the many who stigmatized mental health patients. Heck. I even blamed them for being "crazy."

Right now, though, I could not maintain my boundary. As usual, my heart breaks when I hear sad stories - stories I never thought people would go through. So far, I have realized that the consumers (we call them consumers, not patients) have gone through experiences that I would probably not be able to handle myself. A lot of them feel alone, have low self-esteem, have been abandoned by their loved ones, and have been physically and sexually abused. It isn't their fault that they needed help.

I couldn't help but wonder if you're still crying for the consumers. Are you still? Well, just so you know, your current undergraduate self is crying. She needs to build up her boundaries again or she might just end up being admitted in the AIU herself.

I'm currently 22 by the way. Two years past our "graduation goal." And yes, I feel like senior year is dragging. But then again, I'm not sure right now if I'm actually ready to graduate, take the NCLEX, and work as a registered nurse. There's still so much I need to learn, but I know I won't be able to know everything even if I stay in college for one more year. But then again, I don't wanna stay in college for another year.

I hope you're okay, by the way. I hope everyone in the family will be able to attend our pinning and our graduation. I hope you're happy. And I hope you pass the NCLEX.


Your Undergraduate Self

PS: I think I should write to you more often.

06 November 2012

Of Firsts: Voting

While the 2012 election has not started in the United States mainland, on Guam, where America's day begins, the election just reached its conclusion. Votes have not been tallied as of yet, but the process of filling out ballots is done and over with.

During the summer of this year, my brother and I became registered voters on Guam. Hence, this election is quite a big deal for me because this is the very first time I filled out a ballot to vote. Truth to be told, the thought of having my opinion on who I want to be in position was a little exciting.

This afternoon, at around three thirty, my brother and I drove to a public elementary school where we were assigned to vote. As we got nearer and nearer the school, I saw a few canopies with posters of names of different politicians. Then, at the gate of the school, I was able to distinguish one of the senatorial candidates. He was smiling as he proudly waved the Guam flag. He was also waving and smiling to the voters who drove inside the school grounds. It then hit me: who am I going to vote for?

It dawned on me that I barely know anything about the senatorial candidates. I heard there is a nurse or a doctor who wants to run for senator… I read on a billboard somewhere that one of them is a veteran… Who are republican? Who are democrats?

I hear more about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaign on television and on the internet. However, I have very little knowledge about the local candidates on Guam.

Right now, you’re probably thinking: This girl is such a responsible voter.

I digress.

To make a long story short, I ended up doing a meeny-meeny-miny-moe when choosing my fifteen senatorial candidates, and I randomly answered the questions regarding the court. But there was one vote I’m sure I did responsibly, and that was to vote for my first presidential candidate. While I know that my vote for the president of my choice might not count (Guam is not a US state so presidential votes don’t exactly count), I know I made an informed decision. So yea, today, I have first voted for my president of choice.

From this experience, I have learned that I must stay informed regarding the politics on Guam no matter how demanding my schedule is at school. This will be the last time I will do a meeny-meeny-miny-moe when choosing my candidate.

But I do hope my brother and I are the only ones who did a meeny-meeny-miny-moe voting. Everyone, vote responsibly. Be in the know.